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Saturday, March 28, latest;

Business secretary Alok Sharma lead the daily briefing, announcing that the Government will be removing administrative barriers to production of face masks and hand sanitiser.

Sharma said “red tape” would be reduced to allow new producers of hand sanitiser to bring products to market “in a matter of days”.

“We are also introducing a range of measures to boost the supply of personal protective equipment, such as face masks, to protect frontline NHS staff,” he told the daily coronavirus press conference in Downing Street.

Stephen Powis, Medical Director of NHS England, was also speaking at the briefing, and said that London is not yet at capacity, but new beds are being opened all the time. Recovery areas and operating theatres, as well as Nightingale hospitals, are being used to treat patients. Powis stated that if deaths remain below 20,000 during the pandemic, we’ll have “done very well”.